Castle Fraser (Aberdeenshire)
In the mainly coniferous woodland you can hear, and sometimes see, a variety of birds, including treecreepers, long-tailed tits and coal tits. The ponds are a valuable habitat for many creatures, providing a place for frogs and newts to breed, birds to drink and insect larvae to grow. Swallows, swifts and martins hunt the insects flying over the water, and in the evenings Daubenton’s bats skim the surface for flies and midges. In June head down to the Flight Pond and be entertained by up to 10 species of dragonfly that turn our pond into a magical flight path.
Signposted. This has the most northerly population of Azure Damselflies in Scotland and the most easterly population of Northern Damselflies.
(Image by Stu Smith)